Georgian Dream took initiative to hold 2020 parliamentary elections under proportional system - Bidzina Ivanishvili stated
“Georgian Dream” has taken the initiative to hold the 2020 parliamentary elections under a proportional system, with zero electoral threshold. The Chairperson of the party “Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia” Bidzina Ivanishvili made the relevant announcement at the briefing today.
“I would like to remind that the ‘Georgian Dream’ was the initiator of the constitutional reform, regarding the transfer to the proportional system, as it better responds to multi-party democracy’s needs. However, it was also decided that transition to this electoral system would be better in 2024, as it would allow strengthening of parties, more consolidation, and competitiveness. This is why we chose 2024 as the optimal term, especially given into account that the current mixed electoral system is absolutely democratic, which has been tested in many traditional democratic countries. However, life constantly brings changes and a responsible political force must adequately respond to challenges and hear the public voice. We see that society demands changes and this initiative provides grounds for such changes”, – Ivanishvili stated.
The sitting of the Political Council of the party has been held today at the Georgian Dream’s office, after which the session of the majority took place.
Conduct of proportional elections in 2020 was one of the main demands of the protest ongoing at Rustaveli Avenue in front of the parliament building in Tbilisi.
Georgia: Agriculture and construction companies will profit from energy efficiency loans
The Green for Growth Fund (GGF) has partnered with Georgia’s BasisBank, providing a loan of USD 10 million to support energy efficiency lending to large and medium-sized companies in the agriculture and construction sectors.
BasisBank is the sixth largest bank in Georgia and will be a new partner for GGF to promote energy efficiency among larger and medium-sized companies seeking further growth. GGF Chairman Olaf Zymelka stated “BasisBank’s focus on working with growing businesses in Georgia offers a promising potential for helping companies become trendsetters in energy efficiency.”
The Green for Growth Fund, part of the EU4Energy Initiative, invests in measures designed to cut energy use and CO2 emissions, and improve resource efficiency in 19 markets across southeast Europe, the Caucasus, Ukraine, Moldova, the Middle East and North Africa. The fund provides such financing directly to renewable energy projects, corporations and municipalities or indirectly via selected financial institutions.
The GGF was initiated as a public-private partnership in December 2009 by Germany’s KfW Development Bank and the European Investment Bank, with financial support from the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Austrian development bank OeEB.
Journalists from the Eastern Partners countries discover Moldova’s experience in transition to green energy
Twelve journalists from Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan visited the Republic of Moldova on 21-24 may to learn about the results of the Energy and Biomass Project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme. The visit took place in the framework of the EU4Energy Initiative.
The journalists visited a kindergarten in the town of Nisporeni, where 270 children have hot water thanks to solar panels installed with the help of the Energy and Biomass Project. During winter, the entire surface of the kindergarten is heated with green energy produced in the Republic of Moldova.
To heat its rooms, the kindergarten, together with the city hall, buys pellets produced in Moldova, meaning the money it spends on energy remains in the country.
Another stop on the tour was the briquette production line in the city of Balti. Ludmila Abramciuc and Ivan Damaschin are beneficiaries of the Energy and Biomass Project grant programme, thanks to which they were able to buy, and repay in instalments, the necessary equipment for biofuel production.
The journalists also attended a lesson on renewable energy at a school in Chiscareni village, Sangerei district. Together with the students of “Nicolae Casso” school, they answered questions on the green energy sector, as well as making a parabolic solar collector. Professor Nicolae Spanu guided the team through this.
The school in Chiscareni village is also the first public institution in the Republic of Moldova to have switched to biomass heating. In 2005, thanks to a project funded by the World Bank, a biomass power plant using straw bales was installed at the school. To this day, the institution continues to benefit from clean energy.
Meanwhile, the community has connected other public institutions to green energy. The kindergarten in the village has electricity produced by photovoltaic panels and hot water from solar collectors. Next winter, the city hall will replace its stoves with a biomass heating system, installed with the help of European funds through the Energy and Biomass Project.
The EU-funded and UNDP-implemented Energy and Biomass Project in Moldova is part of the EU4Energy Initiative and aims to contribute to the reliable, competitive and sustainable production of energy from biomass, which is the most viable and available source of renewable energy in the Republic of Moldova.
EU4Energy covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine). It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the long term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector.
Seven Georgian municipalities join EU initiative for climate and energy action
Seven Georgian municipalities recently became members of the EU-funded “Covenant of Mayors East” initiative. The official signing ceremony of the agreement took place in Telavi, Georgia. As a result, the total number of signatories to the EU “Covenant of Mayors East” initiative in Georgia reached 23 towns.
The Covenant of Mayors East is a flagship EU initiative to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 30% by 2030. It helps municipalities to prepare and implement Sustainable Energy Action Plans, reducing dependency on fossil fuels, improving the security of energy supply, and allowing them to contribute more actively to climate change mitigation.
The Covenant of Mayors East is part of the EU4Energy initiative. EU4Energy covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine). It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the long term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector.
President Margvelashvili Takes the Initiative to Appoint the United States Special Representative for Georgian Issues
At the meeting with the Vice President of the United States of America, Mr. Mike Pence, the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has taken the initiative to appoint the US special representative for Georgian issues. Mr. Pence has found the President’s initiative interesting.
According to President Margvelashvili, appointment of the special representative will contribute to the US-Georgia cooperation and lead to a more rapid and effective implementation of joint initiatives.
"The conversation between the President of Georgia and the Vice President of the United States of America has touched upon all important issues related to the US-Georgia cooperation. The President has thanked Mr. Pence for his supportive messages, made as a part of the visit. The parties have highlighted the importance of effective implementation of these messages and further development of the US-Georgia relations.
To further strengthen the existing political consultation format, President Margvelashvili has taken the initiative to appoint the US special representative for Georgian issues.
The parties have once again underlined Georgia’s contribution to international security and underscored that the US-Georgia strategic partnership brings only welfare and stability”, - stated the Advisor to the President of Georgia for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze.
President Margvelashvili Calls on “Georgian Dream” to Suspend the Constitutional Process
The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a meeting with the President of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, Mr. Gianni Buquicchio in Batumi.
At the meeting the parties have discussed constitutional amendments and underlined the necessity of the maximum consensus in the amendment process.
"We have been repeating one and the same for the last six months that the constitutional process should be based on consensus and dialogue.
In fact, it took six months for the ruling party to prove itself that the Georgian society and the international community cannot be cheated. Today we are in a deadlock.
In order not to hinder the development of the Georgian democracy and the democracy not to enter into a deadlock, we should carefully examine the situation; "Georgian Dream" should realize that this process seriously affects the democratic development and the democratic image of the country and suspend it. They should start over the constitutional process through dialogue, engagement and consensus.
I see that it took six months this simple truth to be communicated to us from Europe. Now we should realize difficulties of the situation and should not bring the country's democratic development into crisis", - stated President Margvelashvili.
According to Mr. Buquicchio, achieving a consensus is key in the constitutional amendment process.
"My message today and for the next days would be: ‘talk together, have a dialogue and try to find some good compromises!’ With the President we have agreed that the dialogue is important and the President is committed himself also to push for a dialogue among all political forces”, - stated Mr. Buquicchio.
The meeting has also been attended by the Head of the Administration of the President, Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the National Security Council, Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, the Political Secretary of the President, Ms. Pikria Chikhradze and the Parliamentary Secretary of the President, Ms. Ana Dolidze.